*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- Eswatini has confirmed 16 839 cases of COVID-19 and 647 deaths within its borders. Grocery stores and health clinics are open. Religious services and large gatherings are not allowed.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Eswatini? Yes.
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes.
- For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html
- U.S. citizens can receive COVID testing at clinics and hospitals within the country. The cost is generally $50. Results are available for pickup in 24 – 48 hours.
Humanitarian Exemptions for COVID-19 Tests:
- Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.
- Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy Eswatini at MBAConsular@state.gov, and provide the information requested here. The U.S. Embassy will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Eswatini approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? No.
- The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
- Is a curfew in place? Yes. Non essential traveling between 8PM and 4AM is prohibited.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes. There are roadblocks between cities where temperatures are checked.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No.
- Are commercial flights operating? Reduced flights – one per day from OR Tambo (Johannesburg) to KMIII International Airport (Eswatini).
- Is public transportation operating? Yes.
- Passengers are required to wear masks and use hand sanitizer upon entry into the vehicle.
- Passengers are required to wear masks and use hand sanitizer upon entry into the vehicle. Passenger limit is at 80% capacity both public and private vehicles.
- Fines for non-compliance on public transportation is between $7 and $33. Fines for not wearing a mask on the street is $4.
- What ACS services are being offered? Emergency and mission critical services.
- What visa services are being offered? Emergency and mission critical services.
- The Ministry of Health has established a toll-free hotline (975) to answer COVID-19 questions and receive reports of suspected cases, particularly from those who have traveled recently to mainland China. The government has designated a focal point for Eswatini’s COVID-19 response. It has also designated one isolation ward within a primary health care facility and a second isolation ward in an alternate health care facility for coronavirus case management.
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- State Department COVID-19 Information
- Travel.state.gov – Eswatini Information and Travel Advisory page
Want More Info on COVID-19?
- CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) > Symptoms & Testing
- WHO: Rolling Updates on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
- Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University
- Researchers Predict Potential Spread and Seasonality for COVID-19 Based on Climate Where Virus Appears to Thrive